Oreos Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

In honor of Oreo’s 100th Birthday, this week I made Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. Bit of a mouthful to say? More of a mouthful to eat! These cookies are literally an Oreo wrapped in a chocolate chip cookie. After eating one straight from the oven I can actually say, these are the best cookies I have ever eaten. While the cookie is still warm, the Oreo tastes like you just finished dunking it into a glass full of milk (which is of course the best way to eat an Oreo).

I know, I know, why mess with a good thing? Oreos are great for dunking, twisting, licking & then finally eating! Fun fact, according to Kraft “50 percent of Oreo eaters pull apart their cookies before eating, and women twist them open more often than men.” With such a variety of ways to devour it, be it by a man or woman, you really can’t go wrong. But I’m in the business of product development. Which means that we take foods, even those that are 100 years old and make them even better!

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Salted Caramel Pistachio & Pepita Brittle

It’s been a while since I’ve actually baked something for this blog… I guess that’s what happens when you bake at work all the time! Honestly, I’d say the worst part of working in product development is that everything I do make is confidential (such a bummer, I know).  With the holidays coming up, in my house we’ve been preparing goody bags to give to friends, family & most importantly coworkers. That brings me to today’s food science recipe, which comes to us from the Sobey’s Holiday 2011 Inspire magazine (although we switched out the  macadamia nuts for more green… pepitas!).  The science part comes into play when you start to think about all of the different things you can make with just sugar & water! From rock candy, to taffy, to fudge and syrups. The difference between them is the sugar concentration, cooking temperature and how much it has been stirred (plus a couple other key variables). If you have ever made fudge before (which I have not) you probably know how HARD it is! or fudgey? I mean, it sounds hard… apparently there is a lot of stirring. But don’t worry! There’s a lot less stirring going on in this recipe, so click continue reading and try it out!

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Birthday Strawberry Cheesecake

So since I have officially become the cake baker in my family, mostly self-imposed… I was the one left with the task of baking my sister’s birthday cake. Her favorite is strawberry cheesecake, so that is what I baked for her. Happy Birthday Sister #1!

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Becoming a Cake Boss Part IV

This is the 4th, and last installment of Becoming a Cake Boss, aka my foray into cake decorating. Since there are only 4 classes in total, this was also graduation day! When I asked the instructor if everyone graduates, she said, “Yeah, pretty much. Though I have failed someone before. It was because they refused to do anything.” … I’m not really sure why one would pay for a class to just sit and do nothing… but who am I to judge?

The homework for this class was to make and bring fully iced cake of our choice. I made chocolate cake with cream cheese & toffee filling! My final cake looked like this! If you’d like to see how I did it, and find a delicious & easy chocolate cake recipe then I think you should continue reading!

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Becoming a Cake Boss Part III

Last week on “Becoming a Cake Boss Part II” I decorated my first cake! This week we tackled cupcakes. Not to be outdone, I made delicious red velvet cupcakes and then filled with cream cheese frosting. This weeks lesson was about piping out flowers, swirls & shells. Continue reading for a closer look & recipes!

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Becoming a Cake Boss Part II

If you read my previous post about “Becoming a Cake Boss” then you’ll already know that I’m taking a cake decorating class! At the first class it was all new. There was tons of equipment to buy, terms I’ve never heard of before and it was a tad over-whelming. Prior to this week’s class we had to bake a cake, make medium and thin icing & of course support the cause and buy more equipment. I guess that’s why they have these classes…

In the end, I created a cake that looked like this! Continue reading to find out about the recipe & techniques I used!

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Pretzel + Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love coming up with new combinations of yummy baked goods, so much so, that I made it my career! When I read this recipe for pretzel chocolate chip cookies how could I not try them! Even though these are high in sodium it’s, sooo worth it.

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Food Porn Daily

Click. Drool. Repeat.

As a fan of FoodPornDaily.com I can think of no better birthday present to the friend who introduced me to this site than The Cookbook by the same name. But of course, since I am a great friend, I took a quick sneak through the entire thing and found the most delicious chocolate chip cookies I have ever seen. Which of course ment that we had to test out the recipe.

More like Flip, Drool, Repeat

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Topless Muffins

Why can’t I make muffins with tops!?

Anyone out there know? Theoretically I imagine its because I over-mix them and maybe don’t put enough batter into the cups…. But that’s just a guess.

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Dog food is still food

I know I’ve been a little MIA, but maybe deciding to start a blog right before I go away on holidays wasn’t the best idea…. But hey, who knows, maybe if I didn’t start it then it would have never actually happened!

So in more recent news, I’ve been a tad bit bored at work. By a “tad” I mean I die a little inside every day. Since my food science, product developer talents aren’t being used to their fullest I decided to recently put them to use! I developed a tasty new treat for one of my favorite friends… my dog.

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